Business News of 2014-06-20

GCAA boss resigns

Information reaching thebftonline indicates that the Director-General of the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Air Commodore (rtd.) Victor Kwame Mamphey, has tendered in his resignation to the board of the regulator.

His resignation, according to sources, takes effect from June 30, 2014.

Air Commodore (rtd.) Mamphey was appointed Director-General of the GCAA in 2009 and is credited with overseeing the transformation and growth of the aviation industry over the past five years.

With just one main domestic operator and a dozen international carriers flying to Ghana in 2009, he is credited with encouraging the growth of indigenous carriers and attracting strategic international airlines into the country.

There are now about 42 scheduled flights servicing the Kotoka International Airport, including three major domestic airlines -- Antrak, Starbow and Africa World Airlines.

Under the leadership of Mr. Mamphey, the GCAA hosted the 23rd African Civil Aviation Commission Plenary Session in Accra in April 2013.

He is also credited with leading the GCAA to generate revenue for the construction of a multi-purpose training facility at the KIA enclave to train aviation professionals in Ghana and the sub-region.

On the issue of safety, he has ensured that Ghana’s airspace is safe and secure, winning the confidence of international carriers.

Ghana is considered one of the safest places to fly to in the West African sub-region. Airline accidents under Mr. Mamphey’s tenure have been limited, including the Allied Air Crash in June 2012 -- which investigations blamed on the laxity of the pilot -- and the recent helicopter crash in the Western Region.

Source: B&FT
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